Save the Harbor/Save the Bay's current programs are designed to Restore and Protect Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, and Share and Reconnect all Bostonians, the region's residents, and especially underserved youth and teens and low-income families to the harbor, waterfront, beaches and islands we have worked so hard to restore and protect.
Share and Reconnect
As the success of the Boston Harbor cleanup became increasingly clear, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay pioneered a new strategy based on our theory of change: The best way to “Save the Harbor” was to “Share the Harbor” with the public through free youth and family programs that would connect our communities and residents to the Harbor, the waterfront, public beaches and the harbor islands.
We believe this strategy has been critical to our success. Since 2002, our free youth environmental education programs have connected more than 90,000 youth, teens and their families to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands. As a result, we have created a new generation of Boston Harbor stewards in every neighborhood in the City of Boston and in the region’s beachfront communities from Nahant on the North Shore to Nantasket on the South Shore.
Working with the region’s civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders, state and local elected officials, other advocates, regulators, experts and scientists and with thousands of citizens from more than 120 youth and community organizations we have built a remarkable regional network to support our work. These diverse individuals, institutions and organizations share a common commitment to clean water, better beaches and improved public access to Boston Harbor, the waterfront and the Boston Harbor Islands.
Together we have begun to integrate the harbor into the life of our city and our citizens, and transformed Boston Harbor from a “harbor of shame” into an extraordinary civic, recreational, and educational asset for the region’s residents, that has become an important engine for economic growth in the City of Boston and the region’s coastal communities.
Today, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay leads a number of programs that are designed to Share The Harbor with all Bostonians and the region's residents - especially underserved young people and their families.
Hosts or sponsors more than 30 free events and programs on the region’s public beaches from Nahant on the North Shore to Nantasket on the South Shore each summer. Since 2008, our Better Beaches program has raised and invested more than $180,000 in small grants to beaches friends groups in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull. They in turn have leveraged our funds with additional cash and in-kind support for a total investment of $780,000 to fund nearly 200 free events and programs.
Learn more about our Better Beaches program
Serves as the Boston Harbor Connection for more than 90,000 underserved youth, teens and their families who have taken part in our free youth environmental education programs since we began them in 2002. These include All Access Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Explorers, and our free Marine Mammal Safaris and Treasures of Spectacle Island Cruises, which connected 15,903 underserved young people and their families to Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands in 2013.
Learn more about our Youth Environmental Education and Family programs